The tax on high-cost health plans, which are often referred to as Cadillac plans, is expected to impact a considerable share of the plans provided by healthcare organizations for their own employees, as much as 39% by 2020. The implications are significant because the excess-benefits tax requires the employer to pay 40% on the value of the portion of the plan that exceeds thresholds set by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Employers also need to consider that the tax is measured as a direct function of plan cost, and not actuarial plan value, and that a number of factors can drive excise-tax exposure.
For a non-profit enterprise seeking to design effective investment portfolios for its asset pools, understanding the role of each of those asset pools is a crucial first step.
The organization's goals and exposures can impact all parts of its portfolio construction process, from initial broad decisions on risk tolerance to more targeted decisions on asset-class exposures and investment vehicle preferences.
In October 2013, S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) launched the S&P Healthcare Claims Indices (the indices). This new index series is designed to provide an independent, timely measure of the changes in healthcare expenditures and utilization for individuals enrolled in commercial health insurance plans in the United States.
S&P DJI developed these new indices in conjunction with healthcare professionals at Health Index Advisors (HIA), a joint venture between the premier actuarial and consulting firms Aon Inc. and Milliman Inc. S&P DJI combined its knowledge and experience in developing leading indices with HIA’s experience in the healthcare market to develop the first index series of its kind, based on actual healthcare claims data. These indices seek to increase transparency in the healthcare market and enable the analysis and tracking of changes in healthcare expenditures.
Published By: Parallon
Published Date: Jun 15, 2015
Download the whitepaper to discover how to unlock value through three workforce strategies designed to address pressing needs for greater productivity, while supporting improved outcomes and patient satisfaction.
The way we work has completely transformed. New technology is changing how, where and when we work. In this new landscape, businesses face challenges around growth, talent acquisition and productivity. Employers need to embrace new technology to get ahead in
this new world of work, and put people at the heart of their strategy. However, HR and People leaders are in fierce competition for that all-important slice of budget and that makes building the strongest business case for technology investment vital.
This guide is designed to help HR and People leaders like you get the financial support you need. You’ll get practical, effective tips on:
• Understanding and explaining the true benefits of investing in a new HR system and likely return on investment
• Positioning HR as a leader of change throughout your business
• Ensuring your HR vision fits in with the business strategy
• Getting management and key stakeholder buy-in
• Building the strongest business case and the most powerful el
Published By: Red Hat
Published Date: Feb 22, 2019
Dans ce rapport d’analyse, IDC se penche sur le défi auquel font face les entreprises actuellement pour équilibrer leurs investissements dans les infrastructures en place dans le but d’améliorer l’efficacité et de moderniser leur datacenter, tout en répondant simultanément au besoin d’adopter de nouvelles techniques de développement et de déploiement des technologies apportant la promesse d’améliorations significatives en termes de productivité des développeurs, d’agilité opérationnelle et de gestion des cycles de vie à moindre coût. IDC fournit des informations approfondies sur les options à la portée des entreprises pour atteindre ces objectifs à l’aide d’une infrastructure capable de prendre en charge les applications actuelles et celles de prochaine génération, ainsi que sur le rôle joué par la standardisation et la modernisation dans l’atteinte des objectifs d’optimisation opérationnelle.
Modern application architectures such as microservices are changing the way that modern enterprises run their infrastructure.
Enterprises have become application-centric, investing significant effort and resources on continuous delivery goals and DevOps
practices to achieve automation of routine IT and operations tasks. And now with the emergence of containerized applications, it
is critical to re-evaluate how application services are provided across data centers and multiple cloud environments.
Published By: Rackspace
Published Date: Mar 07, 2019
Having on boarded numerous businesses onto the AWS platform, Rackspace found three best practices to be routinely missing from its customers’ architectural designs. These best practices for automation, scaling and segmentation, utilize capabilities inherent on the AWS platform to help drive an easier deployment.
Digital transformation and smart technologies are paving the way towards smarter healthcare. Medwel understands that the goal of smart hospital development stems from the needs of the patient. By tapping on ICT advancements in the healthcare environment, the common goal is to reduce medical errors and achieve a holistic approach centered on the patients’ needs.
Read more about the new MEDS-P1001—a 10.1” medical grade touchscreen PC that boosts
• Effective computing through low power consumption
• Interoperable through dual OS for different applications in hospitals
• Health insights based on smart interfaces of vital sign measuring devices
• Expandable functions through peripheral devices such as cameras, RFID reader, WIFI, etc.
• Refined and reliable design that is slim, lightweight, antibacterial, water and dust-proof
Factory production lines know the right jig or fixture speeds production, which increases productivity. But that’s just the beginning. Well-designed tools are more ergonomic, offering both increased worker safety and productivity, as well as cost savings. Traditional machining produces heavy, costly, multi-piece tools that become an even greater liability as repetitive motion injuries erode line productivity with worker disability. Redesign means even more protracted timelines for machined parts. While essential to efficiency, accuracy and safety, jigs and fixtures are often considered a necessary evil in the overall production process. Costly, protracted timelines for machined jigs and fixtures are the culprit here, especially for the often complex designs necessary to meet unique part needs. This, along with certain complex designs that simply cannot be manufactured using traditional methods are a reality on the production floor. But there is a better way. 3D printed jigs and fixture
Tips and best practices for data analytics executives
Organizations today understand the value to be derived from arguably their greatest asset—data. When successfully aggregated and analyzed, data can unlock valuable insights, solve problems, improve products and services, and help companies gain a competitive edge. However, analytics executives face significant challenges in collecting, validating and analyzing data to deliver the right analytic insight to the right person at the right time.
This e-book is designed to help. First, we'll explore the growing expectations for data analytics and the rise of the analytics executive. Then we'll explore a range of specific challenges those executives face, including those around data blending, analytics, and the organization itself, and offer best practices and strategies for meeting them.
There can be no doubt that the architecture for analytics has evolved
over its 25-30 year history. Many recent innovations have had significant
impacts on this architecture since the simple concept of a single
repository of data called a data warehouse. First, the data warehouse
appliance (DWA), along with the advent of the NoSQL revolution, selfservice analytics, and other trends, has had a dramatic impact on the
traditional architecture. Second, the emergence of data science, realtime operational analytics, and self-service demands has certainly had
a substantial effect on the analytical architecture.
Published By: HireVue
Published Date: Mar 05, 2019
The AI-in-recruiting space has exploded, leaving many recruiting leaders feeling overwhelmed and poorly qualified to evaluate vendors. Our AI Buying Guide is designed to help TA leaders cut through the hype and misinformation that surrounds artificial intelligence, and make highly qualified, informed buying decisions.
• What AI is, and what makes it different from previous technological innovations
• Why different types of organizations see different levels of success with AI - and how to prep yours to maximize the impact
• How to evaluate vendors across the 3 steps of the buying process
• How to build a rock-solid business case for AI-driven recruiting technology
Download the guide now.
Fraud affects more than just your customers, it fundamentally destroys your reputation and has significant impact on your bottom line. In the first half of 2018, financial fraud from payment cards, cheques and remote banking totaled £358m in the UK alone, resulting from over a million incidents, an increase of more that 50% over the last 4 years.
Have a look at this interesting Infographic to find out more.
Society simply must change the way it serves its most vulnerable members. Service delivery models are outdated and constrained by budgets, organizational structures and legislation. Citizens aren’t getting what they need to become more self-sufficient and recover from hard times or significant events such as disasters. Government isn’t keeping up with the demand generated by the complex times we live in and agencies are stressed to the breaking point by current service expectations. Something different must be done to generate better outcomes. This action requires better engagement between government and citizens which can lead to more self-reliant individuals and lower demands and costs on government. In California, one county is tackling this challenge head on and has found a better way to serve their citizens.
Tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis are a significant concern for many thousands of workers who have frequent and unavoidable exposure to tick-infested habitats. Treatment of clothing with permethrin, a nontoxic chemical with insecticidal, knockdown, and repellent properties, is highly effective against ticks. However, most permethrin products must be reapplied after several washings to maintain insecticidal activity.
Recently, a factory-based method for long-lasting permethrin impregnation of clothing has been developed by Insect Shield, Inc., that allows clothing to retain insecticidal activity for over 70 washes.
This study provides preliminary evidence that long-lasting permethrin-impregnated clothing may be highly effective against tick bites.
Published By: Cylance
Published Date: Mar 12, 2019
Cyber attacks are increasing in frequency, sophistication, and e ectiveness.1 The ongoing trend of
successful attacks demonstrates that cybersecurity practices are not keeping pace with modern
threats. Is your organization well-defended, or living on borrowed time?
Here are ten signs to help you determine whether your endpoint protection is primed for action or
ready for retirement.
Published By: Clarion
Published Date: Oct 30, 2013
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a new rule, effective September 2013, which updates OSHA’s 1971 workplace safety sign and tag formats with today’s best practice safety signage designs as defined by the latest American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z535 standards.
The OSHA signage change means that, over time, as employers adopt the newer ANSI Z535 best practice safety tag and sign formats, the United States will increasingly have a single, national uniform system of hazard recognition. Safety signs installed in facilities and public
areas, temporary safety tags placed on equipment, and safety labels placed on products will all be designed using the same formatting principles.
The outcome of such consistency is expected to be significantly more effective communication in the workplace. That, in turn, should help achieve the objective of fewer accidents and more lives saved from tragedy.
Anyone who has ever worked to keep a construction site or project in compliance with the EPA knows what a quagmire the entire process can be. Take a look at one example of how one company, Anguil Aqua Systems LLC, was able to handle such a project from start to finish all while remaining compliant, saving their client tons of hassle, and most importantly, staying within budget.
Download this report now to learn how Anguil Aqua Systems LLC was able implement a ground water pump treat system designed to remove trichloroethylene (TCE) from a local aquifer.
The scope of the project, located at an EPA designated Superfund Site, involved:
• Engaging in a two-phase project, designing and implementing.
• Designing a 500 gallon per minute pump and treat system.
• Engineering all equipment and controls around existing buildings and obstacles.
• Managing general contractors and sub-contractors.
• Providing and reviewing system controls specifications for approval by the EPA and Army Corps of
Published By: Verisign
Published Date: May 31, 2017
Verisign has a unique view into distributed denial of service (DDos) attack trends, including attack statistics, behavioral trends and future outlook. The below data contains observations and insights about attack frequency and size derived from mitigations enacted on behalf of customers of Verisign DDoS Protection Services from January through March 2017.
Today, ERP is a cornerstone of many organisations’ tech infrastructure. Yet many of the solutions in play are legacy products, decades old and designed for an entirely different business landscape.
With industry leaders expressing concern that out-of-date ERP solutions have now become an impediment to competitive business, IDC set out to uncover what exactly modern companies need from their ERP systems, and why SAP S/4Hana seems so well placed to deliver.
The most significant IT transformation of this century is the rapid adoption of cloud-based applications. Most organizations are now dependent on a number of SaaS and IaaS platforms to deliver customer satisfaction and empower employee productivity. IT teams are responsible for delivering a high quality user experience for cloud applications while they struggle to manage a secure environment with advanced persistent threats. The WAN is the fabric to connect and control access between remote users and cloud-based applications. The WAN fabric needs to identify application type, location, apply prioritization and route traffic across the appropriate (multiple) WAN links to deliver on user experience. Different types of users/devices connecting to the cloud (via the Internet) means security policies must be enforced at branch, data center and in the cloud.
Published By: Cisco EMEA
Published Date: Nov 13, 2017
Big data and analytics is a rapidly expanding field of information technology. Big data incorporates technologies and practices designed to support the collection, storage, and management of a wide variety of data types that are produced at ever increasing rates. Analytics combine statistics, machine learning, and data preprocessing in order to extract valuable information and insights from big data.